Zander turned 4 last week, and has been all about camping recently. He and his dad even camped out in our postage stamp size back yard a few weeks ago and I have honestly never seen him so excited about going to sleep. We roasted marshmallows, and ate dinner outside before they tucked into their tent for the night. We thought it would be a fitting theme for his birthday party this year, since the weather is getting cooler, and who doesn’t love to roast marshmallows by a campfire??
I think I may have had more fun planing this party than Zander did running around with all his friends. I printed off this hand drawn wood grain pattern I found online for the kid’s cups. I thought about going more literal with the cups and using something like mason jars, or actual wooden cups which definitely would have been cute, but I liked the simplicity of the black and white and the reference to wood rather than the real thing.
I used the same pattern for the firewood for the indoor campsite. The tent came from IKEA and has proven to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The kids have had an absolute blast with it and it fold up into a neat, small, flat package for easy storage.
The cake was my favorite part, and the idea was stolen right off of Pinterest so I can’t take too much credit for that. I used Pillsbury Purely Simple cake mix and frosting which in my opinion didn’t taste super great, but I felt a little better about it. I topped the cake with crushed thin mints and chocolate covered nuts and raisins, with pretzel stick trees and a graham cracker tent.
Unfortunately it was too windy out to roast marshmallows outside, but the kids didn’t seem to mind eating the toffee and coconut covered ones inside.
My latest obsession…These totally rad, leather, Abbott lace up brogue ankle boots from TOPSHOP. Originally sold for over $100 at Topshop, until they sold out. I found them last week on Ebay for $25.00 with free shipping. Now I don’t usually buy used shoes, but these were brand new with the Topshop sticker still on them. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked.
I love the vintage look. Not only are these ankle boots easy on the eyes, but they are super comfortable too, which is a really big deal as a busy mom since I am on my feet ALL the time. I will be rocking these bad boys a lot this fall with over-sized sweaters and jeans, dresses, shorts and tights, basically anything I can get away with.
Now, if I can find them in black my life will be complete.
I am always looking for unique and interesting bags. That’s why I am totally obsessed with this Fair Trade Tote, hand crafted by local artisans in Nepal. I loved it so much that I bought two, and decided to feature one in my giveaway today. I’ve never liked carrying a diaper bag and a handbag (keeping track of two bags and my kids is more than I can deal with), so I try to find one bag that can fit everything. This bag is so sturdy and well made, and its the perfect size for carrying all my extra baby stuff. Plus, I love that it has a history; I am such a sucker for anything with a good story.
Also included in today’s giveaway is a Fierce Hugs Bodysuit size 0-3 Months. This is another Fair Trade, sustainable product made with organic cotton, a super cute, hand made, reversible Bandana Bib (which is green and black plaid on one side, and gray on the other), and an Ever Earth wooden baby toy. If you remember my post from a couple weeks ago talking about my love for wooden toys you’ll know I had to include one in today’s giveaway.
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The drawing will be Thursday, 9/29/2016. Good luck!
There is something so sweet and totally ironic about a baby dressed in a cactus print. I always love a bit of irony. Babies are so cuddly, all you want to do is hug them up, and a cactus is anything but. A few weeks ago I talked about tribal prints and how popular they are. The cactus phenomenon is a natural progression of that southwestern trend, so it’s easy to see why it has spread to all areas of design. The cactus is the new pineapple. The minimal, low-maintenance, resilient cactus is so cute and fun in baby apparel because it is unexpected and full or irony. Here is a list of 5 of my favorite Cactus prints for baby:
- Organic Animal and Cactus Print Leggings and Cap from Lovely Lyra Organics
2. Triangle and Cactus Baby Romper from LillyBrooke Baby
3. Cactus Print Baby Pajamas from Quinn and Jade
4. Organic Cactus Print Baby Girl Leggings from Creepy and Cute (I adore that name)
5. Cactus Print Baby Onesie with Matching Toy Bear from Rocky Racoon Apparel
In a world filled with wires and screens, I am feeling an increasing love (as I think many are) for all things raw, natural, and wholesome. I am always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my kids, because I want them to learn to think outside the box. That’s why I have put together a list of 5 wooden toys that lack battery packs and on/off switches because they run entirely on imagination.
These adorable little creatures are from Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts, a family run business specializing in hand-crafted toys. The idea behind the simplicity of the toys they offer is to awaken the “creative impulse” within children at play.
My first thought when I saw these wooden swords was of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, dueling it out. I haven’t met a little boy yet who didn’t love to play sword fighting, and these little wooden ones from Friendly Fairies are about the cutest swords I’ve ever seen.
If woodworking is your jam and you are interested in making your own wooden toys, here is a great site that offers plans for making trucks like these. I can definitely see this being something that my husband and kids will be into when they are a little older.
I remember being a kid and looking for the perfect stick to make a slingshot with. Of course, when I found the perfect stick I would wrap a rubber band around it and use an actual ROCK to lob at my siblings. That’s why I love these tiny slingshots with pom poms from Tweet Toys. They are way cuter and way less painful!
There is something so inspired about the simplicity of these futuristic toys hand crafted out of wood. Japanese craftsman Nakagawa Takeji or “Take-G” is a true artist that portrays the whimsy of childhood with a sophisticated attention to detail in each piece.
I love that there is a growing demand for toys more closely resembling nature. I want to make sure my kids stay in touch with their imagination and nature as our world becomes more and more tech focused.
I’m always inspired by over-sized jackets, but finding a way to pull them off can take a bit of planning. If paired with anything else that’s baggy, I could easily come off looking like a big sack. Paired with other professional looking attire would be a bit too business-like for my taste. That’s why I’m wearing this over-sized, vintage Lord and Taylor jacket with a basic gray tee and cut-off denim blue jeans.
The contrast of the heavy jacket with a summer time classic like denim cut-off’s is a fun and versatile look for transitioning into Fall.
I was so excited to find this vintage jacket with the tags still on it second hand at a thrift store. The Italian made navy fabric is a combination of Wool and Cashmere.
This outfit will be perfect for a Saturday morning farmers market run, meeting a friend for coffee, or basically anytime I want to add a bit of winter to my summer look as the days begin to cool off.
There are plenty of adorable baby things out there in the marketplace, but when you come across a marriage of cuteness and philanthropy it’s like hitting the jackpot. Not only does your head turn into the heart eyes emoji when you see it, but your insides become all warm and swooshy at the thought of helping others with your purchase as well.
That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw these 5 items in my list today. The darling giraffe above is from Humble Hilo, a philanthropic company that allows you to choose how a portion of the proceed from your purchase can be used to help needy women and children in Guatemala. Not only do they offer cute animals like this giraffe, but they also sell adorable shoes and clothes on their website as well. You can check out more here.
This Star print out from Mini Learners is so sweet and supports such a great cause: “Every penny from this artwork will be donated to Adas, a 3 year old boy diagnosed with brain stem tumour. Adas had 60% of the tumour removed but to finish the treatment he needs to undergo an expensive proton radiotherapy.” To learn more about Adas and his story you can click here.
A portion of the proceeds from this baby teresa organic cotton bunny ears hat goes towards providing formula for babies in need.
I love this little positive message bodysuit. 5% of all purchases from Milliedot goes to Pencils of Promise, an organization that brings education to children living in poverty around the world.
If I had found this precious little clothes set from BEBE by lmd when my baby girl was born I would definitely have used it for her take home outfit! It is so sweet and girly and I love that a percentage of all proceeds goes to March of Dimes & CHOC Childrens.
Last weeks thrifting expedition was a bust, but this week I hit the jackpot with a vintage 1990’s Ann Taylor spaghetti strap maxi slip dress.
As soon as I saw it I instantly conjured up images of Rachel Green from Friends, looking so effortlessly chic while sipping coffee at Central Perk.
The fabric flows like moving water, and makes me want to dance just because I like the feel of the fabric against my skin.
I am clearly having way too much fun channeling my inner 90’s obsession with this $5 thrift store find! But hey, it’s a pretty cheap thrill so why not?
Living 5 miles from IKEA is dangerous for me in so many ways. At least once a week I call one my friends and look for any excuse to go. “Oh hey, it’s raining outside? Let’s go to IKEA!” The kids have a great time watching Frozen in our ‘I wish this was mine’ IKEA living room, or playing with the egg chair, and we get to shop…It’s a win win for everyone.
On one of my many visits to the store, I saw these Knagglig wooden crates and was hit with this DIY idea of turning these crates into a coffee table. So, I bought a couple crates, then picked up some Minwax wood stain, a couple sponge sbrushes, some screws and bolts, and four rolling wheels, took my pirate booty home and got to work.
Since it was raining outside (and me being the impatient person that I am), I decided to do the staining in the basement. I do not recommend this. Definitely use this wood stain outside or in an open, WELL ventilated area because the fumes can be a bit over-powering in an enclosed space.
After I finished staining the wood and let them dry overnight, I made good use of the cordless electric drill my in-laws gave my husband last year for Christmas. I built the crates IKEA style, then attached them bottom to bottom with four 3 inch screws and bolts. Then I attached the wheels, and voila! A coffee table!
I thought about using four crates to make it bigger, but this size is perfect with kids because they can easily move it out of the way whenever they want to use the living room floor as their tumble mat (which happens quite a lot). It also provides extra storage since it’s open on both sides.
Another use I found for the crate was a shoes storage solution by the door. This way the shoes are kept up off the floor and it provides a great place to drop things like keys and sunglasses when you come inside.